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12 Mar 2021 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
A report by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) on extensive, multiyear wastewater and sewage pollution of the Vaal River system identifies multiple serious failures by Emfuleni Municipality.
10 Nov 2020 GENEVA, Switzerland
In his first official address as the third UN special rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation, Pedro Arrojo-Agudo has said that “to shut the door on the spread of this virus (COVID-19), we must guarantee universal access to water and sanitation services”.Arrojo-Agudo took up new responsibilities on November 1 in the midst of a double crisis: climate change and COVID-19, and at a time when over 2 billion people worldwide do not have access to clean water for drinking and sanitation...
20 Aug 2020 CAPE TOWN
The South African Human Rights Commission has launched an investigation into the water and sanitation services provided to Cradock, Middelburg and Komani in the Eastern Cape after an initial investigation found that it constituted a ‘prima facie violation’ of residents’ human rights. The investigation is the latest twist in two decades of desperate efforts by residents to stop the collapse of services in the three towns.
21 Feb 2019 CAPE TOWN
The SA National Defence Force's (SANDF) intervention at the severely polluted Vaal River has received a whopping R240m cash injection, the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) heard on Wednesday. However, there is still a shortfall. Provincial head of the department, Sibusiso Mthembu, said R1...
20 May 2015 WARRENTON, VA, United States
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23 May 2014 CAPE TOWN
Access to toilets for Cape Town's growing urban poor is a regular flash-point, featuring angry demonstrations and hurled allegations by competing political factions. The city - and the Western Cape province in which it is located - are governed by members of the Democratic Alliance. Most of the South Africa's people live in areas governed by the ruling African National Congress, which won over 60 percent of the votes in recent national elections...
30 Jan 2014 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
In the wake of fatal clashes between police and protestors over water shortages, South Africa’s opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has asked Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to begin a nationwide audit of the state of water infrastructure and access."Reports of local water shortages keep pouring in across the country...
23 Jan 2014 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has accused Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa of doing nothing to prevent the water crisis in Mothutlong and Madibeng Local Municipality, even though she allegedly knew about problems there as far back as 2009.Four people were killed last week in clashes between police and protesters in the town of Brits, in North West Province...
18 Nov 2013 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa
South Africa’s Human Rights Commission confirmed last week that the country’s Democratic Alliance party had asked it to investigate water quality and supply issues affecting 26 towns in the country’s Free State.The move follows revelations in the country’s latest Blue Drop program report of significant water-related problems in Free State...
29 Aug 2013 WINDHOEK
The reclamation of potable water is an alternative for virtually every city on the African continent and this as a solution to scarce water resources is becoming more viable for communities as the cost of cleaning and piping water also increases. In fact, Windhoek's Goreangab Water Reclamation Plant is one of only two direct potable reclamation facilities in the world, the other being a small plant that was opened two years ago in Beaufort West, South Africa...
7 Jun 2013 CAPE TOWN
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) will not support the call by Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille to educate residents about portable flush toilets, the Cape Times reported on June 6. "We will not be taking the mayor up on that call because we do not agree with the way she is rolling out the sanitation programme in the Western Cape," SAHRC spokesman Isaac Mangena told the newspaper...